Tout fini here at the Vault. Blue Jackets 4, Bruins 2.
The Blue Jackets knotted it, 2-2, with 6:43 gone in the third. Raffi Torres snuck behind Dennis Wideman in front of the net and provided a forehand redirect of a Derick Brassard dish from the right side. It was the 26th shot of the night for the Jax.
Impressive night of skating for Blake Wheeler. The second-year forward, who added 15 pounds of muscle over the summer, dashed around the ice on a number of shifts, showing a quickness he didn’t show his entire freshman season.
Zach Hamill was caught for slashing at 9:15, handing the Jax their sixth power play of the night. Too many chances to be yielding. They’ll have to cut down on the infractions.
Nikita Filatov struck for the 3-2 Columbus lead with 7:25 remaining in reguation, scoring off a 2-on-1 rush vs. Wideman with Raffi Torres. Torres, on the left side, threaded a pass by Wideman as the play progressed down the slot and and Filatov popped home a doorstep backhander.
With 3:21 left in regulation, a couple of great bouts broke out deep in Boston’s defensive end with Chuck Kobasew and Michael Blunden featured in the undercard directly behind Rask’s net. Moments later, the heavyweight teed it up, with Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll trading vicious shots in the corner to Thomas’ right. The Garden crowd, reported as 16,711, loved the sweet science.
Thornton and Boll each picked up game misconducts for their spirited efforts.
With 2:22 to go, and the Jax holding a power play as a result of Kobasew’s extra minor penalty, Derek Dorsett shoveled home the 4-2 backbreaker.